READ : 1 THESSALONIANS 4 : 13 – 17.
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which
are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which
sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive
and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice
of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in
the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : JOSHUA 4 – 6 AND MATTHEW 18 : 1 – 20.
To make Heaven at last will take something extra from you. The ten virgins in
Matthew 25 : 1 – 13 were expecting the return of the Kings of kings. As
virgins, they were pure, sanctified, holy, chosen and expectant. It can be
assumed that upon having all these qualifications, they would have automatic
access to Heaven. Yet, somewhere along the line, they all slumbered and slept.
This is frightening and calls for introspection. When the ten virgins were
leaving their houses, they all had oil; otherwise their lamps would not have been
burning. The five that made it did so because they had extra oil. It is important
we all realise that if we are going to make it to Heaven, it is going to take
connecting with the Holy Spirit and tapping into everything He has to offer.
The Almighty God is absolutely interested in the purity of His children. In
Exodus 30 : 1 – 3, God insisted that His altar must be overlaid with pure gold.
The words of the Lord are pure ( Psalm 12 : 6 ). His commandments also are pure
( Psalm 19 : 8 ). Everything about God reflects purity. In 2 Samuel 22 : 27, David
said this about God :
“With the pure thou will shew thyself pure; and with the forward thou wilt
shew thyself unsavoury.”
If you are pure, God will arise for you in all your battles. Even if your
beginning is small, because you have chosen to pursue purity, your ending shall
be greatly increased. If you pastor a church that is very small and you are
pure, you will greatly increase. However, I have seen people who started pure
but did not remain pure. This is the greatest undoing of this present age.
Those who give room for defilement cannot make it to Heaven unless they
amend their ways before the appearance of the Bridegroom. When a girl desire
more than what her parents can provide, she will end up defiling herself. When
a minister of God wants to be what God does not yet say he should be, he will
defile himself. When you insist on acquiring the status which God has not yet
ordained for you, you will defile yourself. When a pastor’s wife wants to
complete with the “big women” in the church, she will bring defilement to the
ministry that God has entrusted to her husband. Those who defile the temple of
God shall diminish. It does not take long for anyone who has been defiled to
begin to diminish. It is the same God who increases the pure that diminishes the
defiled. Do not give the devil an inch ( 1 Peter 5 : 8 ). Be highly disciplined. Do
not open the door to temptation. Keep your distance from danger zones.
Somebody who the enemy desires to roast should not sit near the fire.
PRAYER POINT :
Father, cleanse me and equip me with all that it will take for me to make it to
Heaven at last.
AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.
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